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ERIC Number: EJ1094114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1443-2110
Setting Standards in Australian Higher Education?
Thompson-Whiteside, Scott
Journal of Institutional Research, v17 n1 p27-38 Oct 2012
In view of recent legislation to introduce the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency in Australia, greater emphasis is being placed on the notion of standards in higher education. A standards-based audit or assessment implies that institutions need to demonstrate performance or achievement against a set of explicit thresholds. This article explores the question of whether these standards, as a set of demonstrable thresholds, will be set by institutions, by TEQSA or by some other means? How will these thresholds be determined and who has the authority to set them? The article concludes by suggesting the setting of external national standards may change the locus of power and control away from institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia